Technology

Novartis Backs Off From 2016 Date for Testing Google Autofocus Lens

ZURICH – Novartis has abandoned a 2016 goal to start testing its autofocus contact lens on people, though it said the groundbreaking product it is making with internet giant Google is “progressing steadily.” “It is too early to say when exactly human clinical trials for these lenses will begin,” a spokeswoman for the Basel-based drugmaker said

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Google, an Obama Ally, May Face Policy Setbacks Under Trump

By David Shepardson, Malathi Nayak and Julia Love WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 18 – Alphabet Inc’s Google faces a tougher regulatory landscape as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration looks poised to reverse Obama administration policies that often favored the internet giant in the company’s battles with telecoms and cable heavyweights, analysts say. Google had close

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AOL to Cut 500 Jobs

By Malathi Nayak Nov 17 – Verizon Communications Inc’s AOL digital media company will lay off 5 percent of its workforce, or about 500 employees, to consolidate operations after recent acquisitions, a person familiar with the situation said on Thursday. Most of the cuts will be in corporate units, including human resources, finance, marketing and

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Russia Starts Blocking LinkedIn Website after Court Ruling

MOSCOW, Nov 17 – Russia’s communications regulator ordered public access to LinkedIn’s website to be blocked on Thursday to comply with a court ruling that found the social networking firm guilty of violating a data storage law. LinkedIn, which has its headquarters in the United States, is the first major social network to be blocked

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Snapchat Files for One of the Biggest Technology IPOs in Years

By Lauren Hirsch and Liana B. Baker Nov 17 – Snapchat has filed for an initial public offering, sources familiar with the situation said on Tuesday, which puts the messaging app a step closer to the biggest U.S. stock market debut since 2014. The Venice, California-based company could go public as soon as March and

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Facebook’s WhatsApp Adds Secure Video Calling Amid Privacy Concerns

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 15 – One of the world’s most popular means of communication, Facebook’s WhatsApp, is adding fully encrypted video calling to its messaging app on Monday, a move that comes as privacy advocates worry about the potential for stepped-up government surveillance under a Trump administration. WhatsApp, which boasts more than

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Google Moves to Restrict Ads on Fake News Sites

By Julia Love and Kristina Cooke SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 15  – Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Monday it is working on a policy change to prevent websites that misrepresent content from using its AdSense advertising network, a move aimed at halting the spread of “fake news” and other types of misinformation on the internet. The

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Investors See Artificial Intelligence Destroying Millions of Jobs: Poll

LISBON, Nov 10 – Investors believe it is “inevitable” that artificial intelligence will destroy millions of jobs and that governments are unprepared for such an impact, according to a survey published on Thursday. Artificial intelligence (AI), or the process by which computers or robots take on tasks that need human intelligence, is one of the

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Swipe to Report Child Abuse: App Launched in India to Rein in Crime

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, Nov 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A state in western India has launched a mobile app for people to report child abuse, in an effort to protect children after a series of abuses came to light. The Maharashtra State Child Rights Protection Commission on Wednesday launched the Child Helpline for Information

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U.S. Voters Look to Game Election System by ‘Trading’ Ballots

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK  – Sophy Warner wanted to vote for third-party U.S. presidential candidate Jill Stein. But she worried that her ballot, cast in the swing state of Ohio, might help Republican Donald Trump capture the White House. Through the website “Trump Traders,” the 20-year-old biology student at Cleveland State University got in

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